Craig's list. (who is Craig?)
Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
85Trip End Dec 24, 2011
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We view an apartment in Bed-stuy, it is a beautiful flat but too far into brooklyn for us. The area isn't that interesting to us as we don't want to buy a fridge or a scooter. We leave knowing even more that we want to be near Bedford Avenue and walk for miles to reach it for some lunch. On the way a strange man salutes at Jo. She salutes back and Claire gives a grimace.
We return to Manhattan and walk around Union Square. We go into a shop to buy Claire more sunglasses, she feels it might be too soon but Jo gently reminds her that it is her eyes that will suffer if she wont be brave. Sunglasses purchased. (sob)
Back to Avenue C and back on craigslist, we call Dan who has a room to rent off Bedford Avenue
The whole place is lovely and has been built completely by him - plaster board walls that block out two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a huge open plan kitchen and living room. It was once some kind of warehouse and still has the feel. Dan has two cats (Sam and Edie) and a turtle.
We leave and chat about it over a beer. Although it is a little bit too cool for us, we decide to go for it. Dan says he'll let us know later that night.
A little deflated from the flat hunt we arrange to meet Robert. He is is Tomkins Square park watching a party of people singing around a piano. The pianos are put in parks all over New York for the summer. With a large screen playing a french film nearby and people lying on a lawn to watch, the sense of a shared space and community is brilliant.
We leave the park to go home and pack ready to leave Roberts studio tomorrow. We then meet him and Joey John in Cafe Cito downstairs on Avenue C. In the midst of drinks we get a text from Dan saying he is happy for us to move in
The night ends very late in Robs very nice living room, everyone with an instrument (Claire got the egg shaker) basically screaming or spasming. (AKA singing/playing music) We will be sad to leave Avenue C but are sure that there are still many nights to be had there.
OBSERVATIONS OF THE DAY
1. When you order a salad sandwich here, (EG Tuna/Egg salad sandwich) do not expect there to be any actual salad in it. There will not be a single sign of a tomato or a lettuce leaf, just a vague bit of limp celery mixed in with your chosen sandwich filling (see EG)